24 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Felt a little stiff but otherwise none the worse for my ride of yesterday. Had a quiet day + saw only 7 town cases. David1 did the County work + a good deal of it. I got his visits for last week entered. A good many at consultation hour. Dora2 came. Baptie3 went over to Gala for her. She is looking rather thinner + has lost several pounds. Got letter from Robertson4 telling of Molly Bullough’s serious condition5. Today was very hot, quite the warmest we have had + I was thankful I did not take my run today. Sat a good while in the bower.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

3 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

4 In footnotes to Dr Muir’s diary entries for 1 February 1915 and 13 January 1916 the Editor speculated that Robertson was George Matthew Robertson (1864-1932), M.D., LL.D., F.R.C.P.ED. Physician-Superintendent of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders, and Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh; of Robertson Dr W McAlister, medical superintendent of Bangour Mental Hospital, was to write “The passing of Professor George Robertson removes from our midst one who for years dominated the whole field of Scottish psychiatry” [Source: The British Medical Journal, 9 April 1932, pp. 688-9]

5 Molly Bullough née Spittal (c.1866-1921), daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends, is referred to as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh a number of times in 1915

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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